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The Seventh International Conference on Advances in Semantic Processing

September 29 - October 3, 2013 - Porto, Portugal

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The inaugural International Conference on Advances in Semantic Processing, SEMAPRO 2007, was initiated considering the complexity of understanding and processing information. Semantic processing considers contextual dependencies and adds to the individually acquired knowledge emergent properties and understanding. Hardware and software support and platforms were developed for semantically enhanced information retrieval and interpretation. Searching for video, voice and speech [VVS] raises additional problems to specialized engines with respect to text search. Contextual searching and special patterns-based techniques are current solutions.

With the progress on ontology, web services, semantic social media, semantic web, deep web search /deep semantic web/, semantic deep web, semantic networking and semantic reasoning, SEMAPRO 2013 constitutes the stage for the state-of-the-art on the most recent advances.

We solicit both academic, research, and industrial contributions. We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the above topics short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals.

Industrial presentations are not subject to the format and content constraints of regular submissions. We expect short and long presentations that express industrial position and status.

Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.

All topics and submission formats are open to both research and industry contributions.

Basics on semantics
Fundamental of semantics processing
Semantic-based techniques for feature selection
Semantic-based pruning
Semantic interoperability
Semantics uncertainty
Semantics pre-processing and post-processing
Semantics harmonization
Constraint-based semantics processing
Embedded semantics into the discovery process
Semantics in spatial and spatio-temporal models

Ontology fundamentals for semantic processing
Ontology learning
Ontology for semantic interoperability
Ontologies and data pre-processing
Ontology-based evaluation and semantic patterns
Global core ontologies
Progressive ontologies
Bridging semantics through ontologies
Ontology mapping and ontology visualization
Ontology in information systems
Ontology-based semantic mediation
Ontology design and maintenance for conceptual model integration
Reverse engineering of ontologies from conceptual models
Ontologies for explanation generation

Semantic technologies  
Basics of Ontology and Semantic Web
Semantic storing, computing, representation, communications
Semantic-driven system design
Syntactic and semantic processing models
Hardware and software support for semantic processing
Microprocessors for semantic processing
Multi-model semantic systems
Semantic annotation of multimedia supports
Semantic multimedia information retrieval
Natural language semantic processing
Context-based semantic processing
Content-based semantic processing
Scalability to the Web level
Performance in semantic processing
Information security in semantic processing
Explaining semantic processing and its results

Models and ontology-based design of protocols, architectures and services

Fundamentals in theory; Modeling methodologies
Models and Ontology-driven Technologies (for the communications system design)
Models and ontology relationships
Multi-models coherence
Models and ontology-based communications services and protocols
Semantics of services and service modeling
Protocol models and semantics
Application and quality of experience semantics
Services and protocols semantics
Models and ontology-based cross-layer services and architectures design
Models and ontology-based software frameworks
Composition of Services and Composability rules
Cross-layering services models, components and implementations

Semantic Deep Web
Ontology plug-in search
Information extraction from the Deep Web /e-commerce sites/
Semantic Deep Web annotation and indexing
Deep Web-based ontology
Semantic Deep Web crawlers
Semantic browsing and visualization
Semantic Deep Web data fusion
Semiautomatic ontology generation
Metrics for quality of ontology
Similarity measures for ontology alignment
Measurements for quality of search
Tools for semantic Deep Web
Experience extraction from the Web

Semantic reasoning
Reasoning methods
Reasoning for the Web
Ontology expressiveness
Ontology alignment, mapping and merging
Expressing formal semantics
Languages (RDF, RDF Schema, OWL, etc)
Robustness of reasoning on the Web
Patterns on semantic reasoning
Querying and searching
Scalable and tolerant reasoning
Dynamic reasoning for the Semantic Web
Ontologies and problem-solving methods
Computational learning theory
Approximate reasoning/computing
Strategies for abstraction and compression of information
Cognitive semantic reasoning
Attention semantic scoping
Recency-based self-optimizing memory
Cost-benefit trade-off reasoning models
Negotiation in obtaining near-optimal reasoning results under bounded resources
Case-based reasoning

Semantic content searching
Methodologies for innovative information retrieval technologies
Combinatorial search
Massive search-spaces with heuristics (e.g., based on Monte Carlo simulations)
Searching using metadata, semantics, and ontology
Advanced searching in digital libraries
Advanced use of RDF and OWL
Expressiveness of the content ontologies
Inherent inconsistency and incompleteness of data on the Web
Scalability of semantic processing
Specialized search engines (Hakia, Matrixware and seekda)

Hypertext and hypermedia semantic
Hypertext techniques and semantic applications
Hypertext and ontologies
Hypertext semantic models
Spatial semantic hypertext
Self-organized hypertext
Semantic adaptive hypertext
Web and hypertext link analysis
Hypertexts and semantic Web
Hypertext semantic applications

Semantic voice-video-speech (VVS) searching
Engines and methods for VVS advanced searching
Patterns in VVS searching
Contextual VVS searching
Rapid VVS searching
Accuracy in VVS searching       
Noise in VVS searching
Performance in VVS searching
Metrics for VVS searching
Text and VVS searching
Applications of VVS

Semantic multimedia
Efficient storage of structured data that scale to a very large size
Automatic generation of multimedia presentations
Advanced process for multimedia information mining
Semantic metadata extraction
Annotation tools and methods for content semantics
Media ontology generation/learning/reasoning
Semantic multimedia streaming
Semantics enabled multimedia applications /annotation/browsing/storage/retrieval/visualization

Semantic social media
Community detection and evolution in social media
Recommendation and ranking systems
Search in social media
Event detection, trend identification and tracking in social media
Influence, trust and reputation in social media
Opinion/sentiment analysis, polarity identification
Feed distillation and ranking blogs
Mining microblogging and real time data
Folksonomy, tag semantics, clustering and usage
Advertising models for the social web
Indexing social media content, index freshness
Visualizing social network data
Spam detection, social network spam and profile spam

Semantics for sentiment/opinion analysis
Architectures for generic sentiment analysis systems
Sentiment analysis techniques on social media
Document-level analysis
Sentence-level analysis
Aspect-based analysis
Comparative-sentiment analysis
Sentiment lexicon acquisition
Optimizing sentiment analysis algorithms
Applications of sentiment analysis

Semantic networking
Semantic-based QoS (Quality of Service) control and scheduling
Semantic QoE (Quality of Experience) evaluation
Semantic-based Internet data streaming and delivery
Semantics enabled networking and middleware
Semantic routing
Semantic interfaces

Domain-oriented semantic applications
Semantics for managing pharmaceutical data
Semantic processing for biomedical knowledge
Speech, text and picture recognition
Semantic email workflow and content
Semantic blogs and wikis
Semantic email addressing
Semantic web and digital libraries
Semantic processing in e-Health
Semantic-driven tutoring systems

Economics and governance of semantics technologies
Organizational views
Cross-nation mediation

Semantic applications/platforms/tools
Market for semantic technologies
Applications, services and systems based on semantic processing
User friendly semantic system integration tools
Ontology-based data transformation and data migration tools
Ontology mapping tools and languages
Ontology-enabled interoperability in e-science, life sciences, e-business, culture
Commercial cost models for semantic applications
Semantic solutions for business intelligence
Semantic processing platforms
Supporting ontology platforms/tools (Protégé, etc)
Semantic query languages (SPARQL, etc)
Ontology-enabled search engines
Semantic Web search engines
Interoperability of data, systems, and organizations
Experiments and lessons learned
Standard activities



Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals.

Publisher: XPS (Xpert Publishing Services)
Archived: ThinkMindTM Digital Library (free access)
Prints available at Curran Associates, Inc.
Articles will be submitted to appropriate indexes.

Important deadlines:

Submission (full paper) April 30, 2013 May 20, 2013
Notification June 17, 2013
Registration July 1, 2013
Camera ready July 15, 2013

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received submissions will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Regular Papers (up to 6-10 page article)

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page. Helpful information for paper formatting can be found on the here.

Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the publisher an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.

We would recommend that you not use too many extra pages, even if you can afford the extra fees. No more than 2 papers per event are recommended, as each paper must be separately registered and paid for. At least one author of each accepted paper must register to ensure that the paper will be included in the conference proceedings.

Work in Progress (short paper up to 4 pages long)

Work-in-progress contributions are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as work in progress.  Authors should submit a four-page (maximum) text manuscript in IEEE double-column format including the authors' names, affiliations, email contacts. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings.

For more details, see the Work in Progress explanation page

Posters (poster or collection of 6 to 8 slides)

Posters are intended for ongoing research projects, concrete realizations, or industrial applications/projects presentations. Acceptance will be decided based on a 1-2 page abstract and/or 6-8 .pdf slide deck submitted through the conference submission website. The poster may be presented during sessions reserved for posters, or mixed with presentation of articles of similar topic. The slides must have comprehensive comments. One big Poster and/or the associated slides should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.

For more details, see the Posters explanation page.

Ideas (2 page proposal of novel idea)

This category is dedicated to new ideas in their early stage. Contributions might refer to PhD dissertation, testing new approaches, provocative and innovative ideas, out-of-the-box, and out-of-the-book thinking, etc. Acceptance will be decided based on a maximum 2 page submission through the conference submission website. The contributions for Ideas will be presented in special sessions, where more debate is intended. The Idea contribution must be comprehensive, focused, very well supported (details might miss, obviously). A 6-8 slide deck should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.

For more details, see the Ideas explanation page.

Technical marketing/industrial/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will not be published in the conference’s CD Proceedings. Presentations' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your presentations to


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals should be for three hour tutorials. Proposals must contain the title, the summary of the content, and the biography of the presenter(s). The tutorials' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your proposals to

Panel proposals

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. The panel's slide deck will be posted on the IARIA's site.

For more information,

Workshop proposals

We welcome workshop proposals on issues complementary to the topics of this conference. Your requests should be forwarded to


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